Local dermatologist teams up with Santa Al to help children with cancer

December 14, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 14, 2013

Dr. Arlo Miller and nurse injector Johanna Miller are teaming up with local icon Santa Al to deliver Christmas gifts to children with cancer and their families.

Through Dec. 20, all profits from cosmetic treatments and product sales will be donated to Santa Al to provide holiday gifts and assistance for local children and family members.

Those who wish to lend a helping hand can drop off gift cards for local department and grocery stores.

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State Parks 2014 calendar, Discover Pass make great gifts

December 13, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2013

Looking for a gift for that person who has everything? How about something that commemorates the state — a state parks calendar or a Discover Pass.

The Washington State Parks 2014 wall calendar features brilliant color photos that represent some of the park system’s premier and unique features, as well as beautiful photos of wildlife that can be seen in state parks.

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Celebrate at whimsical winter storytime Saturday

December 12, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2013

The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board hosts a Whimsical Winter Storytime.

This family event is from 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall and Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Enjoy enchanting stories and crafts to warm hearts and cookies to warm tummies.

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Joseph Bingham Jr.

December 11, 2013

Joseph Robert (Joe Bob) Bingham Jr. lost his battle with carcinoid cancer Nov. 22, 2013. He was 66 years old.

He was loved very much by his family, grandchildren and friends who will celebrate his life with stories and memories during a memorial at Pine Lake Community Center at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

Réva Janatta Aislinn

December 11, 2013

Réva Aislinn passed away Nov. 21, 2013.

She battled brain cancer for many years. She lived compassionately.

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What happened to the Issaquah Highlands?

December 11, 2013

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Dec. 11, 2013

At some point recently, the Issaquah Highlands became a place that people would actually want to go to. I don’t really know what happened.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

Whenever I thought of the highlands, I thought of an ugly place. The main image that came to mind was a neat grid of streets, with nothing but flat wasteland separating them. Farther up the hill was a huge neighborhood of houses that were eerily similar and spaced too close together.

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Let’s Go! Dec. 12 – Dec. 18

December 11, 2013

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Marijuana grower eyes budding industry despite moratorium

December 10, 2013

Issaquah’s future marijuana economy could start with one man.

Despite a six-month moratorium on the production and retail of marijuana passed by the City Council in September, Issaquah-resident Lance Blanchard has applied for a state license to produce marijuana in the city.

“It’s been a long time coming, that this legislation was going to happen,” Blanchard said about the passage of Initiative 502 last year. “There is an opportunity here to become a different type of business. Small business is the backbone of our economy, and Issaquah is just perfect for that.”

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Judge orders changes to bag ban ballot

December 10, 2013

King County Superior Court ordered changes to Issaquah’s bag ban ballot language Dec. 6.

Craig Keller, chairman of Save Our Choice, filed a petition with the court Nov. 15 to protest language he felt misrepresented the bag ban and would misinform voters.

Save Our Choice was the primary driver behind the circulation of a successful petition that ultimately led to the City Council’s decision for a February referendum on the matter and drafting of the ballot by City Attorney Wayne Tanaka.

Keller’s main complaint objected to language in the 71-word title saying the law applies only to “certain retail establishments,” bans “lightweight” bags and “encourages reusable bag use.”

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Santa arrives in style

December 10, 2013

Photos by Greg Farrar

Photos by Greg Farrar

Santa arrives on a real four-horsedrawn Wells Fargo stagecoach Dec. 6 at the Grand Ridge Plaza public square for about 200 parents and children in attendance for the Christmas shopping season festivity. Below left, the Grand Ridge Chorus, made up of 120 fourth- and fifth-graders, sing Christmas music.


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